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World’s first 7-star airport inaugurated


To accompany the world’s only 7-star hotel, Dubai has constructed the world’s first 7-star airport terminal. As part of the emirate’s vision as the aviation capital of the world, and the Expo 2020 master-plan, the newly built VIP Terminal at Dubai South saw its first flight take off.


The private jet, carrying 13 passengers, was an important milestone for Dubai’s aviation history, as Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC) states. 

“The stage is now set for robust growth in Dubai’s luxury travel sector. I congratulate our partner JetEx and the entire team on the ground for so finely handling the VIP Terminal’s first flight.”


The first flight from the new terminal, an Embraer Legacy aircraft, headed to The Maldives, and was handled by JetEx, a Fixed Base Operator having a dedicated facility at the VIP terminal.


Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the 5,600 sq m standalone terminal will cater specifically to private, business and government VIP travellers.


Dubai South will be the site of the World Expo 2020, which is expected to attract 25 million visitors. Between October 2020 and April 2021, Dubai will host the next World Expo.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 April 2016 19:16

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Creative art pieces on display at Doha’s Hamad International Airport

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Mr. Akbar Al Baker spoke about the importance of art and its influence throughout the development phases of Doha’s Hamad International Airport at the annual New York Times ‘Art for Tomorrow’ conference at the W Hotel in Doha.

H.E. Mr. Al Baker shared the creative vision and importance of the iconic art pieces purposefully selected and positioned across the various nodes and concourses of the airport.

He remarked: “Introducing an airport as a destination location in and of itself required significant design detail and influence. The vision of the airport was to make the experience like no other; comfortable, desirable and memorable. An important element of this was introducing art and design.”

Art and architectural features have been a hallmark since the opening of the airport, providing passengers with an ambiance of aesthetically pleasing, inspiring, functional spaces for quietude, rest, shopping, dining, and business purposes.

An iconic element of HIA is the highly acclaimed sculpture Lamp Bear by Urs Fischer that is positioned in the centre of the departures terminal, anchoring all of the various concourses and food and beverage outlets. The Lamp Bear sculpture has been in HIA since the opening in April 2014.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 March 2016 19:17

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Doha's Hamad International Airport launches new App

Doha’s Hamad International Airport (HIA) has launched a bluetooth iBeacon enabled mobile app to provide passengers with an immersive experience and stay connected while they travel through Qatar’s iconic airport.  HIA is among a select few airports in the world to have successfully used iBeacons for finding one's way around the airport and providing customers information about promotional offers to enhance their airport experience.

With a simple scan of the boarding pass and opt-in for location detection, the app provides real-time information about flight status, baggage claim, time and direction to boarding gates and food, beverage and retail offers from Qatar Duty Free.  To ensure that customers benefit from the best deals, the app alerts the user when walking past outlets with ongoing promotions.

Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at HIA said: “We take pride in having conceptualized, designed and developed our HIAQatar mobile app in-house, which gave us the control and flexibility to ensure a customer-centric and intuitive design, much like our airport. With the installation of over 700 Bluetooth iBeacons across the expansive terminal, the app helps put our passengers at ease by helping them identify their real-time location in the airport, informing them how long it will take to reach their desired location  within HIA, guiding them along the way and alerting them of any updates to their flight status.”

The app is currently available for iOS based devices.  The future road map includes launch of the Android app in Q2 2016.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 March 2016 17:19

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British Airways opens lounge at Dubai International


British Airways has unveiled its prestigious new lounge at the newly built Concourse D in Dubai International Airport. 


The lounge has been designed to maximise space using architectural elements such as illuminated glass screens giving customers separate spaces to work, relax or dine, creating a calm and relaxing environment. The new premium lounge has a large framed wall mirror that reflects the stunning feature lighting making a more spacious setting. Customers can also choose from a selection of hot and cold food as well as enjoy fine wines at the Deli bar.


Overlooking the airport’s retail atrium, the lounge has been finished to a very high quality, complete with black Nero marble surfaces and European oak flooring. Within the lounge, the new Concorde Bar provides an exclusive area for First customers and their guests to relax and unwind in a private environment before boarding their flight.


Troy Warfield, British Airways’ director of customer experience, said: “Our premium customers flying from Dubai will be able to enjoy the airline’s newest lounge, featuring the exclusive luxury of the Concorde Bar for First customers. We have also ensured that, for the first time, every single customer has access to power and USB points throughout the new lounge to re-charge their personal electronic devices.”


The new lounge has been carefully designed to showcase the best of British design and architecture, offering a stylish, quiet and relaxing space for premium customers. It will also feature artwork from established Iraqi-born artist, Dia Al Azzawi, as well as Gulf heritage images from the British Airways archive.


The new Dubai lounge is home to the airline’s second Concorde Bar, the first of which opened late last year in Singapore. The lounge is open to British Airways’ First and Club World (business class) customers as well as Silver and Gold executive club members.


Last Updated on Sunday, 28 February 2016 12:31

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Dubai International holds international airport top spot


Dubai International retained its position as the world’s number one hub for international passengers by registering annual traffic of just over 78 million in 2015, according to a traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.


Boosted by the growth of some 100 airlines that connect Dubai International to more than 240 destinations around the world, most notably Emirates and flydubai, annual passenger traffic at DXB surged 10.7 per cent to reach a record 78,014,838 passengers in 2015 compared to 70,473,893 recorded during 2014.


Passenger numbers in December 2015 totalled 7,053,243, an increase of 8.5 per cent compared to 6,498,573 recorded during the same month in 2014, taking the average monthly traffic for the year to a record high of 6.5 million.


It was the second time in the year after August when monthly traffic exceeded the seven million mark. Aircraft movements in 2015 reached 403,517, up 14.1 per cent compared to 353,507 movements recorded during 2014.


During the year DXB welcomed new airlines including Air Canada from Toronto, Eurowings from Amsterdam and China Southern from Wuhan, among others. A total of 12 new passenger destinations were also added thanks to the on-going network expansion of Dubai-based airlines flydubai and Emirates.


Paul Griffiths, chief executive, Dubai Airports said: “It’s another banner year for Dubai International where we broke records, engaged and entertained our customers in new ways, and retained our position as the world’s number one international hub. But we have no time to rest on our laurels as we are already busy testing the readiness our newest facility, the $1.2 billion Concourse D, which when it opens for our 70 plus airlines this quarter, will play a crucial role in helping us welcome millions of passengers in comfort and style.”


Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:34

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Qatar Duty Free welcomes the festive season with Dolce&Gabbana display


Qatar Duty Free welcomes the festive season with the installation of a spectacular Dolce&Gabbana display featuring a larger-than-life snow globe at Hamad International Airport (HIA). The snow globe, at four metres high, is the centrepiece of a display showcasing Dolce&Gabbana’s luxurious products, and celebrates the launch of their newest fragrance for men, The One Royal Night. It will be on display until 14 January 2016.


The elegant black and gold display, which is located behind the renowned HIA Lamp Bear sculpture, brings the magic of a winter wonderland to the desert, with a snow man, fabulously wrapped gifts and the snow globe featuring the stunning Doha skyline. The joint collaboration between Dolce&Gabbana and Qatar Duty Free, offers plenty of options for passengers looking to buy a gift for themselves or someone special.


Qatar Duty Free Senior Vice President, Mr. Keith Hunter, said: “We are extremely excited to partner with Dolce&Gabbana to celebrate the official launch of their newest fragrance, The One Royal Night. Qatar Duty Free prides itself on offering passengers exclusive fragrances and beauty products, and this is no exception. This partnership not only marks the launch of The One Royal Night at HIA, but is an opportunity for Qatar Duty Free to offer customers the Dolce&Gabbana make-up and Velvet collections. We hope that those travelling from, and through, HIA will enjoy visiting the beautiful display and exploring some thoughtful and personalised gift ideas.”


The One Royal Night for men is an exclusive fragrance within Dolce&Gabbana’s Classic House, The One. The newest fragrance, with an Arabian twist, is an exclusive product from the designers for the Middle East, inspired by the richness, culture and traditions of the region. The One Royal Night for men is described by Dolce&Gabbana as a blend of opulence and sophistication boasting a woody composition with notes of cardamom, basil, wild pear wood, and spicy nutmeg, followed by a base of cedar, sandalwood, labdanum and pure amber in its most refined form.


Qatar Duty Free will also offer a select number items from the Dolce&Gabbana make-up and niche fragrance collection, Velvet, for the first time at the display. For all Dolce&Gabbana products purchased at the display personalised engraving and gift-wrapping will be offered free of charge – a wonderful way to make gifts to loved ones that little something special.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 December 2015 19:18

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